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Nepal – Mad Honey

For thousands of years the Gurung people of Nepal have been harvesting wild honey. This “Mad Honey” is unique for its hallucinogenic properties.

Nepal’s Gurung people live mostly in small villages in the vast Annapurna mountain ranges. In this remote region, they practice an ancient tradition of honey hunting where they descend towering cliffs on handmade ladders, to harvest honey nestled under jagged overhangs.

In spring, the Gurung’s honey contains a rare substance called grayanotoxin from rhododendron flowers that’s known for its intoxicating effects. While some accounts say it’s a deadly poison, others refer to it as an aphrodisiac, powerful medicine, and a hallucinogenic drug.

VICE travelled deep into the Annapurna mountains to join a Gurung village on their spring hunt and understand Mad Honey’s effects.
View Full Doc Here: The Nepalese Honey That Makes People Hallucinate

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Igor Kropotov

EDIT
Thomas Wyatt

MUSIC
Battles – The Yabba

Press/Interview: http://bedfordandbowery.com/2016/09/shooting-the-hallucinogenic-honey-harvesters-of-nepal/

Date

December 2, 2016

Category

Documentary

Tags

Director of Photography, Gurung, Igor Kropotov, Mad Honey, Nepal, Nepal - Mad Honey, Nepalese Honey, Vice, Wild Honey